Orienteering Forest (race) 1:49:28  15.1 km (7:15 / km) +280m 6:38 / km
COC Long. An epic 15 kilometer course with almost no rest for the mind, with constant detailed navigation, route choice and patches of green to fight through. Had a solid and steady race with good control. Only lost contact with the map once(!) and that was towards control 24, with about 1 km to go. Even so I did lose time on several controls due to bad route choices through thick green, especially to 6, to 8 and to 17, adding up to almost 4 minutes lost time. Better routes did exist, but I never saw them until after the race. Add to that about 1 minute "normal" mistake at 24 for a total of 5 minutes of lost time.
Looking through the splits it seems like I had a weak period between control 5 and 12, dropping all the way down to 8th position overall (though only 4 minutes behind the leader). The key was to be clean through the difficult controls from 13 through to 16. Many mistakes were made here and I moved up to 3rd position overall, which I then held all the way home. I paced myself well early on and was able to post top splits on the last 3 km. My first COC medal! (as an eligible runner)
This was the best course design of the week and I thought it was a great blend of physical and mental challenge. Sections of fast running in the open, detailed contour navigation, slow and careful through the green with low visibility and several key route choices. Great stuff!